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SIA interpretation: Floral textile (with bonus Sam)

It’s time for my interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This week, Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks chose this 18th century Spanish textile.

Inspiration:

"Silk Fabric Fragment" via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

“Silk Fabric Fragment” via The Metropolitan Museum of Art is in the public domain

Interpretation:

I mentioned in the SIA challenge post last week that I already had an idea for what I was going to wear. I was inspired by all the bright florals and brought out my orange floral dress again. You saw this dress for another SIA challenge last month, but I wore the dress then as a skirt, layered under a black gingham shirt. This time, I wore the dress as is, to showcase it in all its floral loveliness.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

But I didn’t stop there, of course! The other star of the show is this vintage hat, which I recently bought at a fabulous local vintage store, Glenna’s Clothing. For the first time these past 6 months, I broke my no-shopping rule in order to buy a hat for an upcoming wedding. (I will not deny also being inspired by the recent royal wedding and all the hats. And I feel like I’m kind of channeling what Gina Torres wore to the royal wedding; Gina’s look was my personal fave at the wedding.) I bought this hat before Daenel sent out her SIA inspiration artwork, so it’s sartorial serendipity that my hat totally goes with the floral textile inspiration, with the edging on the ribbon and the straw color.

I really love the shape of this hat. It’s got an “I. Magnin” label, which was a luxury women’s department store on the West Coast. The hat has a cloche-type feel to it, but the left side opposite the bow lifts up at an angle, which is kind of subtle and unexpected. It just feels very me, doesn’t it?

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

I wore my cognac strappy wedges and carried my vintage wicker purse with the orange Bakelite handles to coordinate with the orange tones of the dress. But I brought out another floral in my cloisonné earrings, and the black background of the earrings coordinates with the black edging of my hat’s ribbon. 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Vintage hat and cloisonné earrings closeup

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest outfit, orange floral + straw hat

Weather:  Sunny and hot

Where:  To an afternoon wedding

What:

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There’s still time to participate in SIA:

Everyone is welcome to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, Daenel, at livingoutsidethestacks@gmail.com by Tuesday, July 3rd. Daenel will then post the SIA round-up on her blog, Living Outside the Stacks, this Wednesday, July 4th.

Also be sure to check out SIA co-founder Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey.

Bonus Sam!

And if you were wondering what Sam wore to the wedding, I haven’t let you down. Yes, Sam wore a kilt to the wedding. Because that’s what he does. This one’s a lighter-weight wool, in the Fraser hunting tartan.

Librarian for Life + Style | Wedding guest selfie

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam in his "day kilt" for a wedding

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Sam’s SIA interpretation: Harlequin in rose + blue

You’ve seen my interpretation, and now it’s time for Sam’s interpretation of this week’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! Last Monday, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey chose the inspiration artwork, and TODAY, you can check out the full round-up on Salazar’s blog!

The inspiration artwork:

Salazar chose this paintings for its blue tones (although it’s actually from Picasso’s “Rose Period”), the dog, and the interesting harlequin details. You can read more details about the painting here, and more about Picasso’s “Rose Period” here.

"Two acrobats with a dog" by Pablo Picasso, 1905

“Two acrobats with a dog” by Pablo Picasso, 1905

Sam’s interpretation:

Sam’s outfit is actually quite similar to my own, with the combo of an argyle tee + solid-colored trousers + patterned slip-on sneakers. There are differences, however:  Sam’s argyle tee is grey (mine is blue); his trousers are burgundy (my skinny jeans are dusty rose); and his slip-on sneakers are a blue plaid (mine are a grey-and-pink graphic print).

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

I also think Sam’s mirrored sunglasses really finish off the look. He just looks so effortlessly cool, doesn’t he? 🙂

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's grey + burgundy SIA-inspired outfit

And of course we had to take a couples selfie, featuring our coordinating argyle tees! True love, y’all. ♥

Librarian for Life + Style | Couples selfie in argyle

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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Sam’s style | Corduroy times two

My husband, Sam, is a lifelong fan of the Corduroy bear and books. Years ago, he even wrote to the Out of Print clothing company to ask if they would consider adding adult size options for their Corduroy tee, which at that point was only available in kids’ clothing sizes. They eventually did extend their clothing size options for the Corduroy tee, and Sam immediately snapped up a tee for himself!

Sam teaches English composition and writing, so he loooooooves highlighting literary puns whenever possible — even through his style! So OF COURSE Sam enjoyed pairing his Corduroy tee with a corduroy blazer — it’s so punny! 😀
Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style: Corduroy times two

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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Gingham + necktie style inspiration

A quick note that the monthly reader poll is open to vote for your favorite outfit of mine last month — thanks in advance!

Today’s outfit was inspired by this outfit from Suzanne Carillo’s style blog, an outfit I pinned immediately. She remixed a gingham midi dress + a red tie/scarf under a black sweater vest, which I turned into a gingham button-front shirt + burgundy tie layered under a black scoop-neck dress. Suzanne paired her outfit with shiny red heels, and I went with my shiny red buckled flats.

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

It’s interesting to me that Sam remarked in the morning that this outfit was “intentionally attention-seeking,” and it did turn out to be a head-turner. I got lots of comments and compliments all day, from both colleagues and students. I have to wonder why, because it’s definitely not attention-seeking due to any skin showing; literally only my face, neck, and hands are on display. One could even describe this outfit as prim. Is it my obvious joy wearing this outfit that others can feel? Is it because I, a woman, am playing off both masculine and feminine style tropes with this outfit? Is it simply how the black scoop-neck neckline of the dress stands out visually against the gingham and pop of burgundy at the top? A combination of all the above? What do y’all think?

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Y’all, I think it’s pretty obvious that I loved loved loved wearing this outfit! It’s not very spring-like, but WHATEVER. The heart wants what it wants. ♥♥♥ (And actually, black is totally on trend for spring this year. My beloved Tom & Lorenzo have commented about it.)

I wore this outfit on a heavy teaching day, and it pleased me so much that when I walked into one class, one student exclaimed, “You look like Hermione from Harry Potter!” I clapped my hands in glee at this realization, oh yes I did. #hermionemyhero #harrypotterforever #teamgryffindor 😀 😀 😀

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

I’ve mentioned before that I get a lot of personal joy out of slipping in subtle, subversive details when I get a chance. It’s often the “quirky” part of my personal style. And today, I borrowed one of my husband’s ties, one that he thrifted years ago, which has a design of thumbs up underneath “Women’s Lib” statements. Yaaaaaaaas. 👍 👍 👍

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

And y’all KNOW I matched my lipstick to my tie. Because that’s how I roll through life, color-coordinated whenever possible. (Love you, Mom, you taught me well!)

Librarian for Life + Style | Women's Lib necktie closeup, thumbs up

Librarian for Life + Style | Gingham + necktie style inspiration

Weather:  Still chilly enough for tights that day

Where:  Teaching and reference desk day at the library

What:

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Sam’s style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

If you saw the Style Imitating Art round-up for Erin’s final curated challenge for SIA, then this outfit of Sam’s will be familiar to you. He put this look together himself for the challenge — with no help from me! — and I think it’s a good example of how to layer casual pieces together for a stylish yet still casual men’s look.

Sam layered a red argyle sweater over a basic dark grey tee, then layered a light grey zip-up sweater over that. The two shades of grey create visual depth, and the pop of red peeking through is just so dynamic, isn’t it? The black jeans ground the entire look, and the textured slip-on sneakers are fun and casual, and add a bit more pattern to the entire look. As I’ve said before on this blog, Sam has master-level pattern-mixing skillz.

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

I just love the photo above of Sam cracking up while I take photos for once. One reason is because he is ALWAYS trying to crack me up when he’s taking photos of me. Another reason is because it’s very true to Sam’s personality. And finally, it shows a peek of his “man bun,” which Sam did specially for me, as I really like it when he puts his hair up into a man bun. (He has curly hair, so that hair style just works on him!) I also like that you can see the streaks of grey on the sides of his hair — the grey streaks go with his grey clothing, hah! 😉

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Librarian for Life + Style | Sam's style | Neutral layers with a pop of red

Details of Sam’s outfit:

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